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Advisory Board

R. Lanier Anderson

J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities
Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
Senior Associate Dean for Humanities and Arts, Humanities & Sciences

R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2015-16) is the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and the Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He is an historian of late modern philosophy and examines the connections between philosophy and literature.  His recent publications include The Poverty of Conceptual Truth (Oxford University Press, 2015) on Kant’s critique of metaphysics, as well as numerous articles on Kant and Nietzsche.  He is currently focusing on Nietzsche’s moral psychology and Montaigne’s philosophical and literary projects in the Essays

As Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts in Stanford’s School of Humanities & Sciences, Anderson serves ex-officio on the Humanities Center’s Advisory Board.

Ann Arvin

Vice Provost and Dean of Research
Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Ann Arvin is Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Lucile Salter Packard Professor in Pediatrics, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford. Arvin studies pediatric infectious disease, and was chief of the infectious disease division of the Department of Pediatrics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital from 1984 to 2006. She is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others.  

As Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Arvin serves ex-officio on the Humanities Center’s Advisory Board.

William Atkins

Former Executive Vice President and CFO, Calix Inc.

William Atkins was executive vice president and CFO of Calix, an NYSE listed telecom and data networking company from 2014 to 2017. Prior to Calix, Atkins was a senior partner at Fairfax Media Partners, a Washington DC area investment and advisory firm. He also served as CFO of Rivada Networks, a provider of mobile emergency communications equipment and services for the homeland security and public safety sectors, and as EVP and CFO of Intelsat, the world’s largest fixed satellite telecommunications services operator.

Before joining Intelsat, Atkins held various positions at Morgan Stanley, including head of European telecommunications corporate finance, head of European corporate finance execution, and deputy head of investment banking in Tokyo. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he co-founded the telecommunications investment banking practice at S.G. Warburg. Atkins has an AB in East Asian Studies and an AM in History from Stanford University.

Sara Bible

Associate Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

Sara Bible is Associate Vice Provost for Research in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. She is responsible for Dean of Research operations including research administration policy, finance, human resources, facilities, and information technology for 18 interdisciplinary research institutes, four service centers, and several compliance offices. Bible is a member of the Council on Governmental Relations Board of Directors and Chairs the Research and Regulatory Reform Committee. She also serves on the Federal Demonstration Partnership Executive Committee and is the University Chair for the Financial, Audit and Costing Policy Committee and co-Chair of the Administrative Costs Working Group. 

As Associate Vice Provost for Research, Bible serves ex-officio on the Humanities Center’s Advisory Board.

Susan Dackerman

Director, Cantor Arts Center

Susan Dackerman is the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dackerman was a Getty scholar and consortium professor at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she was working on a book about the materiality of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s prints. In addition to organizing exhibitions and writing about art and its histories from the Renaissance to the present, she also is committed to refining the role of the university museum. In her various museum positions, she has been a liaison between academia and the museum and developed programs for integrating academic work into the galleries, museum publications and public events. Prior to her work on the West Coast, Dackerman was the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard Art Museums from 2005 to 2015 where she participated in the planning for the renovation of the building and galleries, as well as the reconceptualization of the role of the art museum on a university campus.

Andrea Davies

Associate Director, Stanford Humanities Center

Andrea Rees Davies holds a PhD in history, a MA in history and a MA in religious studies from Stanford, as well as a BA in comparative religion and women’s studies from Harvard.

Davies currently teaches a course in the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford. Her book Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery After the 1906 Disaster (Temple University Press, 2012) examines the social and political disruptions afflicting the city in the wake of the great 1906 earthquake and fire. Her interest in the social consequences of disasters was sparked by her work as a San Francisco firefighter. 

She has also worked on interdisciplinary research teams and published research studies on women in Silicon Valley high-tech companies, Venture Capitalist perceptions of women entrepreneurs, the history of the “ideal worker” myth, and dual-career academic couples at top U.S. research universities. 

As Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, Davies serves ex-officio on the Center’s Advisory Board.


Fred Donner

Professor of Near Eastern History, The University of Chicago

Fred Donner (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2014-15) is a scholar of Islam and has published several books about early Islamic history, including The Early Islamic Conquests (1981), The History of al-Tabari (Vol. 10): The Conquest of Arabia (1993), Narratives of Islamic Origins: The Beginnings of Islamic Historical Writing (1998) and, most recently, Muhammad and the Believers. At the Origins of Islam (2010).

In recent years, he has turned his attention to the study of true documents for the first century of Islam, particularly Arabic papyri. He is also exploring the question of the earliest crystallization of the Qur’ān text and the manner of its early writing and transmission.

Paula Findlen
Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History
Chair, Department of History, Stanford University

Paula Findlen (Stanford Humanities Center class of 1998-99 and 2011-12) is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History at Stanford University. A specialist in the history of the Renaissance, she is the author and editor of numerous books, including the prize-winning Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (University of California Press, 1994) and Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800 (Routledge, 2013). Findlen has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Getty Foundation.

Sally Haslanger

Ford Professor of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include epistemology, feminist theory, metaphysics, and social and political philosophy. She is the author or co-editor of five books, including most recently Critical Theory and Practice [The 2015 Spinoza Lectures] (Koninklijke Van Gorcum, in press). She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Margaret Imber

Associate Professor, Classical & Medieval Studies, Bates College

Margaret Imber (Stanford Humanities Center class of 1995-96) is associate professor in the Department of Classical & Medieval Studies at Bates College. After a career in legal practice as a litigator and assistant U.S. attorney, she received a PhD in Classics from Stanford University with a prize-winning dissertation. A specialist in Roman rhetoric and law, she is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on classical rhetoric.

Roberta Katz
Executive Officer and Director of the Charles and Roberta Katz Family Foundation
Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University (CASBS and Department of Communication)
Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning, Emerita, Stanford University

Katz is associate vice president for strategic planning at Stanford University, working since 2004 in the office of the president and assisting with the development and implementation of a variety of new university-wide initiatives as well as the ongoing strategic support of various interdisciplinary endeavors throughout the university. During 2009–10, Katz took a leave from her work at Stanford to serve as a special advisor to the assistant attorney general for antitrust, US Department of Justice. 

Katz has a successful record of executive leadership: co-founder and CEO of Flywheel Communications, Inc.; president and CEO of the Technology Network (TechNet); senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation; and senior vice president and general counsel of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. (subsequently AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation. Katz was also a lawyer in private practice, specializing in corporate law, as a partner with the firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Before becoming an attorney, Katz was a cultural anthropologist. She holds a PhD from Columbia University, an AB from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Washington Law School.

Regina Kunzel

Doris Stevens Professor in Women's Studies; History and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies; Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University

Regina Kunzel (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2013-14) is an historian of gender and sexuality in the 20th-century U.S., with interdisciplinary interests in American Studies and LGBTQ studies. Her research focuses on the twined histories of difference and normalcy, the regulatory force of carceral institutions, and relationships between expert discourses and the self-representations of historical subjects. Her most recent book is Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (2008). She is currently working on a book exploring the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the mid-twentieth-century U.S.

Steven Mavromihalis

Broker Associate, Pacific Union International & Christie's Great Estates

Steve Mavromihalis joined Pacific Union in 1986. He has founded and manages several San Francisco-based enterprises that invest in real estate and real estate related products and services. With business partner Gil Fleitas, he has most recently co-founded THEO, an online platform that seeks to support real estate professionals in providing superior service to their clients. In 1992, Mavromihalis became a founding board member of the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) in San Francisco. The program provides prenatal care to homeless women and supports their efforts to conquer substance abuse and find housing and stable employment. Mavromihalis is past president and has remained an active member of the program's board of directors for more than 15 years. Mavromihalis has a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an AM in History from Stanford University.

Linda R. Meier

Chairman, Western Region Advisory Board of Institute of International Education, Inc. 

Linda R. Meier is a founding director of University Bank and Trust Company of Palo Alto. Most of her professional career has been spent in civic and board service. Meier has been a Trustee of Institute of International Education, Inc. since 2001. She has served in numerous volunteer roles for Stanford University, including Chair of the Stanford Athletic Board, Vice Chair at Outreach for the Campaign for Undergraduate Education, and on the Board of the Stanford Alumni Association. She served as a Trustee of Stanford University from 1984 to 1994. Currently she serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Medicine Community Council and the Stanford Hospital Board of Directors. Meier received her AB in Sociology from Stanford University.

Alexander Nemerov
Carl and Marilynn Thomas Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities
Chair, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University

A scholar of American art, Alexander Nemerov (Stanford Humanities Center class of 1998-99) writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today. Committed to teaching the history of art more broadly as well as topics in American visual culture—the history of American photography, for example—he is a noted writer and speaker on the arts. His most recent books are Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine (Princeton University Press, 2016), Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov (Fraenkel Gallery, 2015), Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (Princeton University Press, 2013), and Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (University of California Press, 2010). 

Peggy Phelan
Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts
Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Director, Stanford Arts Institute

A noted authority on performance art, Peggy Phelan (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2011-12) is the author of numerous works, which include Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (Routledge, 1993); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (Routledge, 1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (Routledge, 1997); and The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998). Phelan's work reflects her broad-ranging and passionate interests in contemporary theater, art, photography, literature, dance, and film. She has written in recent years about an array of artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Samuel Beckett, Andy Warhol, Ronald Reagan, the photographer Andres Serrano, and the avant-garde performance artist Marina Abramovic. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Getty, and the Australian National University.

Mary Anne Rothberg Rowen

Co-founder, Provenance Productions

Mary Anne Rothberg Rowan is co-founder of Provenance Productions, a documentary film company. As a co-producer and co-director, her films have been screened at national and international film festivals and have won numerous awards. She is also a dedicated community and Stanford University volunteer. She received an AB in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Donna Schweers

Independent Management Consulting Professional

Donna is a former principal of Schweers and Associates with clients derived largely from the health care sector. She is a long-time community and Stanford University volunteer, and serves Stanford in a number of capacities. She is a member of the advisory board of Stanford’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. She has an AB in Psychology from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Peter Seymour

Chief Strategic Officer, Douglas Emmett Inc.

Peter Seymour joined Douglas Emmett as Chief Strategic Officer in May of 2017, where he oversees investor relations and financial planning for this NYSE-listed REIT (DEI) that is one of the largest owners and operators of Class-A office buildings and luxury apartment communities in the premier coastal submarkets of Los Angeles and Honolulu. Prior to Douglas Emmett, Seymour had a 20-year career at Disney where for the last five years he served as executive vice president and CFO of Disney ABC Television Group. He joined Disney’s corporate strategic planning unit in 1996 from the LEK/Alcar Consulting Group where he managed strategy consulting projects in technology and media fields. Seymour has an AB in economics and Asian languages and an MBA from Stanford University. He also serves on the board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and the John Tracy Clinic.

Elaine Treharne
Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities
Professor of English, and by Courtesy, of German Studies, Stanford University
Director, CESTA (Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis), Stanford University

Elaine Treharne’s main research interests are in early British manuscripts—their intentionality, materiality, functionality and value. She has published widely in this area over the last twenty years, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose, and manuscripts dating from c. 1020 to c. 1220. Among her recent publications are Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Living through Conquest: The Politics of Early English (Oxford University Press, 2012). Treharne is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the English Association, for whom she was also the first woman Chair and President from 2000-2005.

Ban Wang
William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Yangtze River Chair Professor, East China Normal University

Ban Wang is the Willam Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is also the Yangtze River Chair Professor at East China Normal University. Recent books include Debating the Socialist Legacy and Capitalist Globalization in China (Palgrave, 2014), and (with Jie Lu) China and New Left Visions: Political and Cultural Interventions (Lexington Books, 2012). In addition to his research on Chinese and comparative literature, he has written on English and French literatures, psychoanalysis, international politics, and cinema. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Caroline Winterer

Anthony P. Meier Family Professor of the Humanities
Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics
Director, Stanford Humanities Center


Caroline Winterer was appointed Director of the Stanford Humanities Center in September 2013. A historian of early America, she holds the Anthony P. Meier Family Professorship in the Humanities and is Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics. She joined the Stanford faculty in 2004. She received her PhD in 1996 from the University of Michigan and her BA with honors from Pomona College in 1988.

The author of four books and over 30 articles, Winterer specializes in the transmission of ideas between Europe and the Americas in the era from Columbus to the Civil War. Her areas of specialization include the American Enlightenment, ideas about ancient Rome and Greece, art and material culture, and political thought.

Her latest book, American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason, was published by Yale University Press in fall 2016. Other publications include The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750-1900 (2007) and The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 (2002), as well as articles in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, the American Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic and Modern Intellectual History. She recently curated two exhibits of rare books and artifacts: the exhibit Ancient Rome & America at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2010 and also The American Enlightenment at Stanford’s Green Library in 2011.

She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Spencer Foundation, among others. Her work in digital humanities, which mapped the social network of Benjamin Franklin, was awarded an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution in 2013; an article about Winterer's project appeared in Smithsonian Magazine (December 2013).

As Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, Winterer serves ex-officio on the Humanities Center’s Advisory Board.